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Heijokyu Ruins, Nara

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Historic Site Landmark
Step back in time at Heijokyu Ruins, an ancient Japanese capital from the Nara period and the first historical attraction in Japan declared a World Heritage Site. In 710, the capital, modeled on the capital of Chinese Tang Dynasty, was established around present-day Nara. Covered by rice fields for centuries, the settlement was rediscovered in the late 1990s. The palace, once the center of the city, houses the imperial residence, the hall for national ceremonies, and bureaucratic offices. The site also features two gates, a history museum, and an exhibit hall with thousands of archaeological items on display. Arrange your visit to Heijokyu Ruins and discover more family-friendly attractions in Nara using our Nara itinerary planner.
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  • This year we attended the Tateyama Matsuri (Festval). It has lighted statues of the Shitenno (the four heavenly protector Gods) that are quite amazing. Entrance is free and they have great food provid...  more »
  • Very nice place, good when they do celebrations, with all the decorations and lantern. Only negative is the site is a bit remote.  more »
  • I guess only time will tell how great this "reconstructed palace" is going to become (hopefully on the scale of the great palaces in Seoul, South Korea that I got to a week later, well pretty sure won...  more »